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.c.. it takes place in cia headquarters, the pentagon, and at the white house. you know, it's funny for me to write a story about a military operation where 90% of the story takes place in washington, d.c., but that's where the story actually unfolded. today, unique, i think, among presidents of the united states, president obama is almost, daily, given a dossier on a target. this is someone in the cross hairs of the cia or the military, and obama or directer petraeus has to make a decision about whether to shoot at that target, whether to take that person out. now, i know that presidents have had to make critically important decisions affecting thousands and hundreds of thousands of lives throughout history of this country, but it seems to me to be a new development for the president of the united states to be deciding on individual targets around the world on a regular basis, and i think that that is probably one of the most unique developments in modern war, and that kind of defines right now the nature of the war that we're fighting. obama, when he said that he was, you know, willing t
there and 100,000 u.s. paid contractors paid by the pentagon still occupying afghanistan. the one change we have seen this year has been the withdrawal of the troops from iraq. that was the centerpiece from where u.s. troops were fighting around the world. now, we're looking at afghanistan as the biggest war zone that is acknowledged. the interesting thing that makes it difficult for people like you and i who want to look at where the u.s. troops are, the lists that we see are a very hard to actually get good information. i was looking yesterday at a few different lists on the pentagon's web sites. one of them is a list of personnel where are u.s. shoulders are. there are about 195,000 u.s. soldiers and marines that are based around the world. we hear in general they are in about 150 countries. when you look at the list, there is only about 40 countries listed. why is that? we are only listing the countries where there is more than 100 troops permanently based there. that is kind of weird because that means is only about 1/4 of the country -- about 1/5 of the countries where we have troops are m
and shaped by general jones who has unique experience of serving in the pentagon and in the military and as the national security adviser to the president. he made a point that i was familiar with based on my experiences, that we had all these different agencies and departments and people all over the government as well as in the congress that had parts of the energy package but it never had a way to be brought together to take a look at what should be our energy policy and came up with this idea of the council which we are recommending where you pull all of the different departments chaired by the department of energy secretary, agencies, that will reach out to all the different interested parties to make sure their views are being taken into consideration. to do this quadrennial agency review somewhat similar to what they have done at the pentagon. it is very different from what they do at the pentagon. it is a technique that i have observed that works and is helpful for the department of the defense. talking about a strategy, a broader view, and then through the report get into th
. >> i was reporting from the comfort of the north lawn, the physis and the pentagon and a warehouse and it troops surged numbers. in new one and was about more of them while was reporting on. lou: your focus on this particular panel who, he targe of more than 225 individuals when. >> i work done for two and a half years in new will learn. it was a big project. every time i thought i was done, no, he need to talk to this guy. alternately and just said the stock because there will never be a time when i talked to everybody. lou: you were pursuing one of the toughest explanations of how those tend to be, and he the target. and it would been detected low will. >> pile was enough to hospital with my newborn son we want. of a corner of my eye and saw the story about the attack this coverage was all along the lines of, why would anybody put an outpost there. the chemistry that i needed to solve it. why would you put our troops in such a vulnerable position, but then it became partisan line to be so outnumbering. the stories suspect him remarkable. we cover the war among but we don't re
and the pentagon and a warehouse and it troops surged numbers. in new one and was about more of them while was reporting on. lou: your focus on this particular panel who, he targe of more than 225 individuals when. >> i work done for two and a half years in new will learn. it was a big project. every time i thought i was done, no, he need to talk to this guy. alternately and just said the stock because there will never be a time when i talked to everybody. lou: you were pursuing one of the toughest explanations of how those tend to be, and he the target. and it would been detected low will. >> pile was enough to hospital with my newborn son we want. of a corner of my eye and saw the story about the attack this coverage was all along the lines of, why would anybody put an outpost thee. th chemistry that i needed to solve it. why would you put our troops in such a vulnerable posiion, but then it became partisan line to be so outnumbering. the stories suspect him remarkable. we cover the war among but we don't really cover the war. your show might be an exception. all eight of the m died
clear and the president was clear during the campaign that the pentagon has actually asked for less than what republicans, you know, have wanted to give them. there are a lot of outdated systems that just don't need to be paid for in our military budget. and that should be okay. but it really does have to start with taking away the death grip that grover norquist has had on not just the republicans who signed his pledge, but on the american people. i think if you ask any normal person, they would say, who? they have no idea who this man is. and he should not have any source of input into our economy. >> true. [laughter] >> it should be over. this death grip has -- heather: so your answer, so, jehmu -- >> spending is so terrible in washington, d.c., the waste is unbelievable. we have so much debt, we've got to address that right away. heather: so jehmu's saying to the military, and, didi, in terms of spending cuts specifically what area? >> well, we've got to cut across the board. washington, d.c. is so bloated and in such terrible -- i mean, we're broke as a country. we need to make sure
process. the pentagon says some military members request their names be removed from the list and others are not posted for security reasons. >>> gas prices continue to slip even through the holiday weekend. the cheapest gas in the bay area is in santa rosa, where a gallon of regular sales for an average of $3.68. san jose is just a penny more and in oakland, it's $3.72. those are all less than the state-wide average. in san francisco, it's a dime more, at $3.85. but even that is 53 cents less than a month ago. >>> today is the last day for you bay area car lovers to enjoy the international car show. the international auto show at the moscone center in san francisco show days 39 automakers. it's the 55th year for the event. for the first time people who go there can actually test- drive some of the newest models. the show opens at 10:00 this morning, runs until 8:00 tonight. tickets, by the way, are $9. >> yeah, not bad. >>> 7:37. let's check in with tara, filling in for sal. >> we have an accident, this one between livermore and brentwood. a motorcycle verses a car on 580 westbound. a m
brought all these cases to the attention of the pentagon. the secretary of the army responded with an assurance that our flag would be flown at army installations whenever the flags of the states are on display. and many of the individual installations i mentioned took corrective action when i contacted them. but despite this response, i continue to receive reports of situations where territorial flags are forgotten. see, the problem is there is no uniform regulation governing the inclusion of the flags of the district of columbia and the territories, though the secretary -- army secretary said it is the policy of the air force, the coast guards, the marines and the navy to let local commanders have the discretion to display state flags. with or without the flags of the territories on their installations. i have requested that the service modify their regulations to include our flags but no action has been taken. and i believe it should not be at the discretion of individual base commanders to decide to exclude any part of the united states. or the fighting men and women from
thursday on c-span 2. >> defense secretary leon panetta looks at how budget cuts could affect the pentagon. we spoke tuesday evening at the center for new american security about the fiscal cliff and fed priorities. >> thank you for coming. it is an honor to be back and an honor to be introducing my old boss. as you know, secretary of the net debt is one of the most respected and experienced hands in washington. his resume is legendary. chairman of the budget committee back in the day when they actually passed a budget, director of the office of management and budget, and chief of staff to president clinton when the white house, director of the central intelligence agency, and now secretary of defense, so the question is what in the world are you going to do next. this extraordinary resume does not do justice to the man. leon panetta is a wonderful human being and in some ways a man of contrasts. i am going to give you examples. he is known among his counterparts around the world for his warm italian bear hugs. he is also known for the laser light focus he displayed on hunting down osama b
is where we're headed. here's know concession, my concession to free market prince pentagons. i can accept a cap on high-end deductions to raise revenues, it's not a real flat tax reform which would lower the rates which i would prefer, but can i live with the limited deduction thing with this one caveat. every single dollar of revenue increase must be devoted to deficit reduction and not higher spending. limited government and lower spending is itself a pro-growth tax cut so that's my caveat. you want to raise revenues, limit it to deficit reduction. do not permit it to go for higher spending. my free market caveat concession. anyway, president obama promised to pull out all the troops from afghanistan by 2014 and now the military is proposing a different course. keep 10,000 troops in theater for a longer period of time. this has some important political and financial implications. we will explain and explore next up. tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 let's talk about low-cost investing. tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 at schwab, we're committed to offering you tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 low-cost investment options--
to kabul more than a week after the pentagon announced it was investigating possibly inappropriate correspondence between the general and a woman linked to the david petraeus sex scandal. general allen had been in washington when the news of his e-mail correspondents with jill kelley surfaced. he was supposed to testify about his nomination about becoming the u.s./european command and the top nato general but that nomination has been put on hold. >>> ten minutes before 9:00, president obama is back in the white house this morning following his whirlwind trip to southeast asia. here's video of the president returning to joint base andrews maryland after midnight last night. the white house says the president's trip was successful in showing that asia is strategicty important to the u.s., especially as a trading parter in and the white house says the -- partner and the white house says the presidents to myanmar demonstrate how democracy can influence other countries. >>> ben bernanke is pushing congress and the obama administration to reach an agreement on a deal to avoid tax increas
the sequester, that's good, less spending. i'm in favor of looking at the pentagon spending and reforming how you get it and get the same amount of dollars. look at the government spending. >> not a common republican position. >> more common than you think, but it's not common in the appropriations committee that does armed services. i talked to one of the key guys over there and said how can i help you reform the pentagon? there must have been -- >> i bet congressmen love getting that call, grover norquist, how can i help? >> i start meetings that way. want to make the government more efficient, make it cost less and we are everybody's friend on that subject. ralph nader and i were lobbying the bush administration back in 2001. >> what about the second cliff, the bush tax cuts? >> i think -- you get towards the end in a thing and if the republicans have played it right, they said look, push it out a month or two weeks so you should never actually go over these things, just as you do with continuing resolutions. say, look, give it a week, two months. >> the president is not going to extend. h
american service women are suing the pentagon, hoping to force the military to drop its policy that excludes women from thousands of ground combat positions. all four are veterans of the wars in iraq and afghanistan. two have been awarded the purple heart. they maintain that the exclusion rule is discriminatory. >> i would be assigned positions based on my gender rather than my qualifications. it didn't make sense for me personal personally or professionally and it doesn't make sense for the military. >> a dangerous set of rule that is prevent commanders deciding the best way to fight. >>> yahoo!'s new ceo is headed to the white house to discuss the fiscal cliff with the president. her new gig and her new son have been full of surprises. >> baby has been easy. the baby has been way easier than everyone made it out to be. i think i've been really lucky that way. i had a very easy, healthy pregnancy. he has been easy. so those have been two really terrific surprises. the kids have been easier and the job has been fun. >> mayer says her secret to getting everything done is ruthles
% smaller gdp. the guys that want more money from the pentagon should be focused on economic growth, not on trying to take a larger piece of the shrinking pie. so i think the growth is the only way to get out from -- 4% a year instead of obama's reef for a decade and you wipe out obama's accumulated debt in the first term that he has run up in the debt. so i think there's some very important focuses on growth, and yeah when we see something in writing i'm not going to get involved in some hypothetical because every once in awhile i try to help somebody expand the hypothetical and then that gets turned into one more than i perhaps said were intended to say. but when something is written down -- the good news is you have it written down and you put it on line for seven days and of the press and the american people look. is this a tax increase? let's see, take a look at it. it's going to be there clearly a tax increase or not. problems in the 2011 budget or the tax increase. easy. the 2010 budget deal. we have lots of deals and they will be on the phone wondering if it is a tax increas
that is given, by getting rid of outdated weapons programs. the pentagon keeps telling washington, stop appropriating money for this. they are not asking for it and they do not need it. money going to large businesses with mailing addresses in new york, chicago, and san francisco, not even to working families. finally, we need tax reform. that is fair, asking the wealthy to contribute their fair share. i support the agreement and i encourage my colleagues to do so as well. >> the gentleman from michigan, mr. levin. >> i now yield one minute to the distinguished chairman from tennessee. >> thank you. i have voted twice to raise the debt ceiling. in may, i voted with about 90 other people. i voted this past weekend for leader reid's program. i cannot vote for this program. the first series of cuts we know, the second we do not know. i fear is a toad -- a trojan horse. that is an odyssey and journey that this country should not have to traverse. this country has been taken to this point by a group of ideologues that do not like government, want to reduce it, are reducing it, want to hurt t
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